by Mark Barbee, CRP | February 16, 2014
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Every week, we feature a piece of expert advice from a certified recognition professional (CRP) from Recognition Professionals International, an industry association dedicated solely to understanding, improving, and advancing employee recognition & rewards in the workplace. Send your questions to [email protected] or via Twitter @RPITweets

Q: What can I do as a manager to encourage my employees to put forth significant effort and do their very best work for the company?
A: Start by accepting that it is your responsibility as a manager to help your employees feel valued at work. Employees who feel valued by their management are far more likely to give it their best each day.

Here are a few simple tips that can help you demonstrate to your employees that you truly do value them:

1. Go see them face-to-face, and thank them personally for a job well done.

2. Take time to send employees a handwritten thank-you note.

3. Reward an employee’s hard work with a promotion, and communicate to a larger audience why she earned that promotion.

4. Look for opportunities to provide public praise to the employees whom you value.

5. Transform your department or group meetings into morale-building recognition meetings.

6. And remember: One of the best things about recognition is that you don’t need permission to start giving it!

About Our Expert: Mark Barbee, CRP, is the immediate past president of Recognition Professionals International and serves as vice president, account group leader for Maritz. Mark Barbee profit and loss responsibility for all of the non-automotive accounts within Maritz Motivation. He is directly responsible for sales, account management, client services, creative services, technology, and all program operations. His experience in the reward and recognition industry spans more than 25 years, and includes work with multiple Fortune 100 companies in a variety of industries. In addition to serving as the immediate past president of Recognition Professionals International (RPI), he has also served on RPI’s Executive Board for the past three years.

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